Essential WordPress Plugins

One of the reasons why WordPress is the best platform for bloggers is the incredible amount of plugins. Today I am going to share a few essential WordPress plugins that you might want to consider adding to your website.

1. Yoast

This isn’t optional. You absolutely need this SEO plugin, which trains you on how to create SEO optimized blog posts. It’s a free tool and it is incredibly helpful.

2. Disqus

This comment platform is very widely used and GDPR compliant.

3. Simple Social Icons

There are lots of social sharing plugins, and I use this one.

4. Redirection

If you have ever changed the URL for a blog post (not usually recommended), you will need to set up a redirect to the new URL, and this is the easiest way to do it.

5. Akismet Anti-Spam

This plugin prevents spam comments.

6. Updraft Plus

I cannot stress the importance of backing up your site enough. Put a system in place – especially if your website is a source of income. I happen to like Updraft Plus, but there are plenty of options out there.

Important note: Plugins can add bulk to your site and slow it down. Be selective about which plugins to install and remove any unnecessary plugins.

Do you have any plugins that you cannot live without? Share them in the comments!

  • Because I use Patreon to monetize, I can use their plugin to make patron-only content right on my blog! It encourages visitors to become patrons themselves and helps my patrons feel extra special when they visit my site.